Leeds Met e-portfolio Steering Group

Given the strong tie up between the PC3 project and the Leeds Met e-portfolio steering group it seems sensible to update people with the current situation here.PC3 has a requirement for students to use an e-portfolio tool to support their curriculum creation and reflect on their experiences of coaching;  Leeds Met is in the process of identifying and deploying a university wide e-portfolio tool.

At present the steering group has created a business case for a university wide e-portfolio and this has been presented and accepted at the University Quality Enhancement Committee and Academic Board. It will shortly go before the Information Systems Strategy Group to ensure that it can be accommodated by other planned IT and process changes within the university. Relevant budget holders for licences, user support and technical support have been identified and discussions held to ensure that monies are available for the coming academic year. So we are close to the point where we can go for tender.

Last week we held a workshop to help us identify staff requirements for an e-portfolio tool to be used across the university. Members of the PC3 project attended and supported the workshop. Not all Faculties were represented and some more active staff involved in employability were unable to attend so the initial outcomes will need some input from these areas of the university. Earlier attempts to collect this data using a questionnaire based around the EduTools criteria proved equally incomplete as the wording for the questions left a number of respondents puzzled. The current plan is to try to bring together this data together with requirements collected at the recent event to achieve a primary list for the university.

The workshop used the JISC e-portfolio worksheet and InfoKit as an aid to help staff identify and focus on what they felt was important for them. We also tried to start the process of prioritising the identified criteria by following a modified version of the processes used in the JISC Biils project (Strathclyde University).

Hopefully we can create a working tender document for potential tool providers very soon. We’ll keep you posted on developments here.

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